MWS Quiz 18/11/2020 Answers

Here are the answers to Mark’s fiendish quiz. The best score when Mark ran this quiz on the 18th was 11 points, did anyone do better?

Question 1

1.a. This is the cap badge of the famous Tyneside Scottish regiment, an honour title held by a variety of British army units since 1914, excluding the current holder, how many units have held this title, bonus point if you can name them?

3 – Durham Light Infantry, Northumberland Fusiliers, Black Watch

1.b. Which regiment currently holds the title?

Royal Artillery (204 battery)

Question 2

2.a. Name the weapon.

MP 18

2.b. This weapon was mainly used during which WWI offensive?

Kaiserschlacht (1918)

Question 3

3.a. Which 100 years’ war battle does this painting represent?

Crecy 1346

3.b. Genoese crossbowmen are said to have led the French assault but where quickly beaten back by English/Welsh longbowmen. The Genoese are said to have been wiped out to a man, but not by the Longbowmen, what happened to them?

Overrun by French knights 

Question 4

4.a. Can you name the maker and mark of this tank?

Vickers-Armstrong Mark E

4.b. This tank was built for the British army but was rejected by Army Command, odd as the tank was highly advanced for the time, the Russians bought a large number and used it as the basis for their infantry support tanks, such as the T26. Why did British Army Command reject this tank?

It didn’t have a 3 man turret, which was a requirement at the time.

Question 5

5.a. Can you name this aircraft?

Boulton Paul Defiant (The aircraft pictured is the only complete original aircraft remaining and was restored at the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS) at Rochester Airport between 2009 & 2012, link)

5.b. The picture shows this aircraft in night fighter livery, while the aircraft was a reasonably successful night fighter, it was very vulnerable to attack from enemy fighters, why?

It had no forward facing machine guns.  

Question 6

6.a. The Siege of Newcastle took place during the first English Civil War in 1644, the city eventually fell to a Covenanter army, with the Royalists holding the castle keep in the centre of the city and surrendering under favourable terms, on 26th October 1644. How long did the siege take to the nearest month?

8 months: February to October 1664

6.b. This wasn’t the first time Newcastle had been besieged by a Scottish Covenanter army, can you tell me in which war this previous event took place?

The Second Bishops’ War 1640

Question 7

7.a. Can you tell me the official German name or designation of this infantry support tank?

Sturmpanzer 43 or SdKfz 166

7.b. What nickname did allied intelligence use, bonus point if you can tell me the German nickname?

Allied intelligence: Brummbar (Grouch), German nickname: Stupa

Question 8

8.a. This is Sergeant Edward Stanley Dixon of the Tyne Electrical Engineers (TEE), he served with the TEE throughout WWI returning to Gallowgate in 1919, where he went on to play professional football scoring 50 goals for his club. Which club did he play for?

Newcastle United

8.b. The TEE’s primary role was coastal and AA defence, however a few did serve on the Western Front, famously earning the nickname ‘the suicide brigade’, why?

They used oxyacetylene search lights to search for raiding parties in no-mans land.

Question 9

9.a. This is a picture of Lord Collingwood, another famous son of Newcastle, he regularly served with and succeeded Nelson and led one of the British lines at the battle of Trafalgar, the other line being led by Nelson in the Victory, what was the name of Collingwood’s ship?

H.M.S. Royal Sovereign

9.b. Which nations fought in the battle?

British, French and Spanish

Question 10

10.a. This special edition of a very famous Newcastle beverage was produced to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Otterburn. Which year is the battle said to have took place?

1388

10.b. The battle of Otterburn was fought between a Scottish army lead by Sir James Douglas and English army led by Sir Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy? It is claimed that Douglas previously took something from Percy as they fought next the Newcastle City Wall, what did Douglas take from Percy?

His pennon (blue lion rampant)

Question 11

11.a. This is a picture of Housteads Roman fort, what is it’s Roman/Latin name (latest interpretation)?

 Vercovicium

11.b. When did building begin on the stone version of the fort?

124 AD, allow 5 years either way.

Question 12

12.a. This is a picture of the last HMS Newcastle (not including the forthcoming type 26 frigate), what Type of ship was she?

Type 42 Destroyer

12.b. How many royal navy ships have borne the name Newcastle, and when was the first Newcastle launched (bonus)?

There have been 8 ships bearing the name H.M.S Newcastle, the first launched in 1653.

MWS Quiz 18/11/2020

Last week Mark J set the questions, with a “North East” theme. Answers in a couple of days.

Question 1

1.a. This is the cap badge of the famous Tyneside Scottish regiment, an honour title held by a variety of British army units since 1914. Excluding the current holder, how many units have held this title, bonus point if you can name them?

1.b. Which regiment currently holds the title?

Question 2

2.a. Name the weapon.

2.b. This weapon was mainly used during which WWI offensive?

Question 3

3.a. Which 100 years’ war battle does this painting represent?

3.b. Genoese crossbowmen are said to have led the French assault but where quickly beaten back by English/Welsh longbowmen. The Genoese are said to have been wiped out to a man, but not by the Longbowmen, what happened to them?

Question 4

4.a. Can you name the maker and mark of this tank?

4.b. This tank was built for the British army but was rejected by Army Command, odd as the tank was highly advanced for the time, the Russians bought a large number and used it as the basis for their infantry support tanks, such as the T26. Why did British Army Command reject this tank?

Question 5

5.a. Can you name this aircraft?

5.b. The picture shows this aircraft in night fighter livery, while the aircraft was a reasonably successful night fighter, it was very vulnerable to attack from enemy fighters, why?

Question 6

6.a. The Siege of Newcastle took place during the first English Civil War in 1644, the city eventually fell to a Covenanter army, with the Royalists holding the castle keep in the centre of the city and surrendering under favourable terms, on 26th October 1644. How long did the siege take to the nearest month?

6.b. This wasn’t the first time Newcastle had been besieged by a Scottish Covenanter army, can you tell me in which war this previous event took place?

Question 7

7.a. Can you tell me the official German name or designation of this infantry support tank?

7.b. What nickname did allied intel use, bonus point if you can tell me the German nickname?

Question 8

8.a. This is Sergeant Edward Stanley Dixon of the Tyne Electrical Engineers (TEE), he served with the TEE throughout WWI returning to Gallowgate in 1919, where he went on to play professional football scoring 50 goals for his club. Which club did he play for?

8.b. The TEE’s primary role was coastal and AA defence, however a few did serve on the Western Front, famously earning the nickname ‘the suicide brigade’, why?

Question 9

9.a. This is a picture of Lord Collingwood, another famous son of Newcastle, he regularly served with and succeeded Nelson and led one of the British lines at the battle of Trafalgar, the other line being led by Nelson in the Victory, what was the name of Collingwood’s ship?

9.b. Which nations fought in the battle?

Question 10

10.a. This special edition of a very famous Newcastle beverage was produced to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle of Otterburn. Which year is the battle said to have took place?

10.b. The battle of Otterburn was fought between a Scottish army lead by Sir James Douglas and English army led by Sir Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy? It is claimed that Douglas previously took something from Percy as they fought next the Newcastle City Wall, what did Douglas take from Percy?

Question 11

11.a. This is a picture of Housteads Roman fort, what is it’s Roman/Latin name (latest interpretation)?

11.b. When did building begin on the stone version of the fort?

Question 12

12.a. This is a picture of the last HMS Newcastle to serve (not including the forthcoming type 26 frigate), what Type of ship was she?

12.b. How many royal navy ships have borne the name Newcastle, and when was the first Newcastle launched (bonus)?

MWS Quiz Answers 04/11/2020

Here are the answers to Peter’s latest quiz. How did you do?

Q1. Not him again!

a) Name three Errol Flynn ‘historical’ films from 1936-40

Answer: They Died with Their Boots On, Charge of the Light Brigade, Robin Hood, Capt. Blood, The Sea Hawk, Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex, Dawn Patrol, Santa Fe Trail (appalling!)

b) How many times has John Wayne played a colonel? +/-2

Answer: 11 (Green Berets, 2x WW2, 7x 19thC, 1x 1950s a/c)

Q2. Ancients

a) In 1963 and 1964, two films were made which portrayed the last years of Julius Caesar. Who played Mark Anthony in each film?

Answer: Richard Burton (Cleopatra), Sid James (Carry On Cleo)

b) One of them also portrayed another significant leader of the ancient world – who?

Answer: Richard Burton also played Alexander The Great

Q3. Naval contemplation

a) Name two RN combat films set in the Napoleonic period.

Answer: Billy Budd, Master & Commander, Capt. Horatio Hornblower, HMS Defiant

b) Name two films which feature a major German surface ship.

Answer: Sink The Bismark, Above Us The Waves, Shout At The Devil, Battle of the River Plate, Submarine X-1

Q4. Lie of the Land.

a) Which battle area is this meant to portray?

Question 4A

Answer: Ardennes forest (Battle of the Bulge)

b) Which of the following tanks has NOT been used to portray a WW2 German tank in a movie?

Question 4B

Answer:  None, – they all have!

 M7 Priest SP (Ice Cold In Alex), M47 (Battle oof the Bulge), T34 (Kelly’s Heroes), M48 (Patton), T54 (various East. European), Leopard 1 (Bridge Too Far), SU100 (Wheels of Terror), Tiger 1, 2, Panther (Theirs Is The Glory)

Q5. Take Two

a) Which two leading Hollywood actors have portrayed Genghis Khan?

Answer: Omar Sharif, John Wayne

b) John Cleese and John Wayne both portrayed the same (type) of officer in the same historical locations – twice! What were the positions they played?

Answer: Roman centurions (Life of Brian – 1979, Greatest Story Ever Told – 1965) and US Town Marshals (Silverado, loads!)

Q6. The Caine Family

a) How many serving military ranks has Michael Caine been *credited* with portraying? ANS WITHIN +/-1

Answer: Nine: Pvt – A Hill In Korea (1956), Too Late The Hero (1970, WW2 Burma), Sgt – Ipcress File, Funeral In Berlin, Lt – Zulu (1964), Capt. – Play Dirty (1969, WW2 desert), Escape To Victory (1981), Maj. – The Black Windmill, Sdn Ldr – Battle of Britain (1969), Lt. Col – Bridge Too Far (1974), Col – Eagle Has Landed, Gen. – Dear Dictator (2017)

b) Which army ranks as he not held on screen?

Answer: Corporal, Field Marshal

Q7. Reach for the sky

a) In which film did this ‘fake Albatross & FOKKER DVII ‘ first appear?

Question 7A

Answer: The Blue Max

b) The AVRO Vulcan appeared in which film?

Question 7B

Answer: Thunderball

Q8. Sub-standard

a) Name three films featuring what are meant to be U-Boats (not original newsreel clips)?

Answer: The Cruel Sea, Enemy Below, The Sea Wolves, In Which We Serve, Das Boot, U571, McKenzie Break, Murphy’s War, Bear Island, Mystery Submarine, Greyhound, Enigma, The Imitation Game, The Land That Time Forgot, Assault on a Queen, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark

b) Name two films featuring atomic submarines (Not including the two in ‘Hunt For Red October’! which were featured in an earlier quiz)

Answer: 20,000 Leagues, The Spy Who Loved Me, Fantastic Voyage, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea, It Came From 20,000 Fathoms, Godzilla(s), Crimson Tide, K19 Widow-maker, Grey Lady Down, Ice Station Zebra, Bedford Incident, The Abyss, On The Beach

Q9. Hit the Beach

a) Robert Mitchum appeared in two films featuring WW2 beach assaults; name them?

Answer: The Longest Day, Anzio

b) Name one WW2 film in which John Wayne dies.

Answer: Sands of Iwo-Jima, Fighting SeaBees, The Sea Chase

Q10. Uniformity

a) Name one film which correctly features the following: WW2 German paratroopers or WW2 German Alpine Corps?

Answer:

WW2 German paratroopers: The Eagle Has Landed

WW2 German Alpine Corps: Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, Force 10 From Navarone

b) Name one film which correctly features the following: 11thC Knights or French Napoleonic Light Cavalry Uniforms?

Answer:

11thC Knights: The Warlord, El Cid

French Napoleonic Light Cavalry Uniforms: The Duellists, War & Peace (Soviet version – raided numerous museums!)

Q11. Vive L’Empereur

a) The CS Forrester book ‘The Gun’ was made into which film, and who played the leader of the Spanish Guerrillas?

Answer: The Pride & The Passion / Frank Sinatra

b) Name two Hollywood actors who have played the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Answer: Rod Steiger, Ian Holm, Charles Boyer, Herbert Lom, Eli Wallach, Marlon Brando, Claude Rains, Dennis Hopper

Q12. So, how do you get to be King (or Queen) then?

a) Name three actors who have played Henry VIII

Answer: Keith Michel, Charles Laughton (x3), Richard Burton, Robert Shaw, James Robertson Justice, Charlton Heston, Sid James

b) Name three people who have portrayed Elizabeth I

Answer: Glenda Jackson, Flora Robson, Bette Davis, Judy Dench, Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett, Florence Eldridge – and Quentin Crisp!

MWS Quiz 04/11/2020

Peter set the questions for our last quiz on November 4th, with a film theme. In his own words, scoring is problematic- say, 2pts for spot-on, 1pt for ‘close’! Let’s see how you get on. Answers in a few days.

Q1. Not him again!

a) Name three Errol Flynn ‘historical’ films from 1936-40

b) How many times has John Wayne played a colonel? +/-2

Q2. Ancients

a) In 1963 and 1964, two films were made which portrayed the last years of Julius Caesar. Who played Mark Anthony in each film?

b) One of them also portrayed another significant leader of the ancient world – who?

Q3. Naval contemplation

a) Name two RN combat films set in the Napoleonic period.

b) Name two films which feature a major German surface ship.

Q4. Lie of the Land.

a) Which battle area is this meant to portray?

Question 4A

b) Which of the following tanks has NOT been used to portray a WW2 German tank in a movie?

Question 4B

Q5. Take Two

a) Which two leading Hollywood actors have portrayed Genghis Khan?

b) John Cleese and John Wayne both portrayed the same (type) of officer in the same historical locations – twice! What were the positions they played?

Q6. The Caine Family

a) How many serving military ranks has Michael Caine been *credited* with portraying? ANS WITHIN +/-1

b) Which army ranks has he not held on screen?

Q7. Reach for the sky

a) In which film did this ‘fake Albatross & FOKKER DVII ‘ first appear?

Question 7A

b) The AVRO Vulcan appeared in which film?

Question 7B

Q8. Sub-standard

a) Name three films featuring what are meant to be U-Boats (not original newsreel clips)?

b) Name two films featuring atomic submarines (Not including the two in ‘Hunt For Red October’! which were featured in an earlier quiz)

Q9. Hit the Beach

a) Robert Mitchum appeared in two films featuring WW2 beach assaults; name them?

b) Name one WW2 film in which John Wayne dies.

Q10. Uniformity

a) Name one film which correctly features the following: WW2 German paratroopers or  WW2 German Alpine Corps?

b) Name one film which correctly features the following: 11thC Knights or French Napoleonic Light Cavalry Uniforms?

Q11. Vive L’Empereur

a) The CS Forrester book ‘The Gun’ was made into which film, and who played the leader of the Spanish Guerrillas?

b) Name two Hollywood actors who have played the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

Q12. So, how do you get to be King (or Queen) then?

a) Name three actors who have played Henry VIII

b) Name three people who have portrayed Elizabeth I

MWS Quiz 21/10/2020 – Answers

Marcus puts us out of our misery…

Q1A. What is the name of the fantasy world associated with this map?

Answer: Glorantha

Q1B. What are the main game systems associated with this world?

Answer: Runequest, HeroQuest & White Bear/Red Moon

Q2A. On 1/10/331 BC. Alexander fought one of his most famous battles in Mesopotamia. Which battle?

Answer: Gaugamela

Q2B. Who led the opposition?

Answer: Darius of Persia

Q3A. Who fought battles including, Dalan-baljit, Onon, Dalanhemurges, Huan-ertsi, Wei-Chuan & The Indus?

Answer: Genghis Khan

Q3B. What year (within 30) was he declared “Khan of Khan’s”?

Answer: 1206 (accept 1176 – 1236)

Q4A. Which Swedish King introduced conscription in 1620?

Answer: Gustavus Adolphus

Q4B. Can you name two army reforms introduced by him?

Answers (two from the following):

  • Uniforms/badges
  • Drill
  • Increased ratio of pikemen/musketeers
  • Permanent brigades
  • Shortened muskets
  • Ranks reduced from 10 to 6
  • Training to fire 2/3 volleys rather than rolling fire.
  • Artillery; the first artillery regiment, rationalization of calibres and light infantry support gun.

Q5A. The “Battle of the Dunes” took place near which port on 14/06/1658?

Answer: Dunkerque

Q5B. Which future monarch fought for the Spanish army in this battle?

Answer: James Duke of York, the future King James II

Q6A. What significant event is portrayed in this painting?

Answer: Battle of Fort Sumpter (First action of the American Civil War)

Q6B. Which states seceded only after this event, name any two?

Answer: Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina

Q7A. Who advocated the mass use of tanks in a paper of 1917 following the costly battle of Ypres?

Answer: J.F.C. Fuller

Q7B. Which battle commencing 20/11/17 put these ideas into practice?

Answer: Cambrai

Q8A. Can you identify this distinctive ship/class?

Answer: H.M.S. Nelson or H.M.S. Rodney (Nelson class)

Q8B. The design of this class was constrained by restrictions resulting from which treaty?

Answer: The Washington Naval Treaty of 1922; The first arms control treaty.

Q9A. What location was the site of a major amphibious assault from 15-29th September 1950?

Answer: Inchon

Q9B. Why did the defending forces dismiss this as a site for a potential assault?

Answer: North Koreans dismissed the site due to unfavourable tides/tidal range/mud-flats and the necessity to assault across a sea wall.

Q10A. Who wrote “The Hunt For Red October”?

Answer: Tom Clancy

Q10B. What was the name of the submarine commander played by Sean Connery in the film adaptation?

Answer: Marko Ramius

Q11-12.

Can you name the following vehicles from the worlds of Gerry Anderson?

Answer: Sidewinder (bottom) and Fireflash (top)

Answer: Skydiver (UFO)

Answer: Spectrum Maximum Security Vehicle (Captain Scarlet)

Answer: Hawk Interceptor (Space 1999)

MWS Quiz 21/10/2020

This week Marcus sets the questions. Answers in a couple of day’s time.

Q1A. What is the name of the fantasy world associated with this map?

Q1B. What are the main game systems associated with this world?

Q2A. On 1/10/331 BC. Alexander fought one of his most famous battles in Mesopotamia. Which battle?

Q2B. Who led the opposition?

Q3A. Who fought battles including, Dalan-baljit, Onon, Dalanhemurges, Huan-ertsi, Wei-Chuan & The Indus?

Q3B. What year (within 30) was he declared “Khan of Khan’s”?

Q4A. Which Swedish King introduced conscription in 1620?

Q4B. Can you name two army reforms introduced by him?

Q5A. The “Battle of the Dunes” took place near which port on 14/06/1658?

Q5B. Which future monarch fought for the Spanish army in this battle?

Q6A. What significant event is portrayed in this painting?

Q6B. Which states seceded only after this event, name any two?

Q7A. Who advocated the mass use of tanks in a paper of 1917 following the costly battle of Ypres?

Q7B. Which battle commencing 20/11/17 put these ideas into practice?

Q8A. Can you identify this distinctive ship/class?

Q8B. The design of this class was constrained by restrictions resulting from which treaty?

Q9A. What location was the site of a major amphibious assault from 15-29th September 1950?

Q9B. Why did the defending forces dismiss this as a site for a potential assault?

Q10A. Who wrote “The Hunt For Red October”?

Q10B. What was the name of the submarine commander played by Sean Connery in the film adaptation?

Q11-12.

Can you name the following vehicles from the worlds of Gerry Anderson? One point for each.

 

Quiz Answers 02-09-2020

Andy puts us out of our collective miseries with the answers to the last quiz.

1a In Norse mythology Odin has two ravens which fly the earth seeking information for him. What are their names (Norse or English versions accepted)?
• Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory)

1b Odin is also accompanied by two wolves, can you name them?
• Geri and Freki (Meaning the “ravenous” or “greedy” one)

2a In naval terms, what is “The Perisher”?
• The Royal Navy Submarine Command Course (SMCC), previously the Commanding Officers Qualifying Course (COQC).

2b If you fail the Perisher, you get something and there is something you can never do again. One point if you can name either of them?
• A bottle of whisky
• You may never serve again on a Royal Navy submarine in any role.

3a What is the designation of this unusual WW2 Aircraft?


• Blohm & Voss (Bv) 141

3b What is the name or designation of this aircraft, it’s more successful competitor?


• Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu (“Eagle Owl”)

4a In the classic TV series Porridge, Ronnie Barker played the habitual criminal, Norman Stanley Fletcher. But what does a Fletcher traditionally make?
• Arrows (literally: glues the fletches to the arrow shaft)

4b In the series Open All Hours, he played the corner shop keeper, Albert Arkwright. But what does an Arkwright traditionally make?
• Chests

5a Hammer’s Slammers games are fairly popular at the Club, what is the name of the author of the original short stories on which the game is based?
• David Drake

5b What is the nickname given to the Slammer’s Military Police unit?
• White Mice

6a In WW2, what was PQ17?
• An Arctic convoy (in June / July 1942, it was attacked by German forces and lost 2/3 of its merchant ships).

6b Can you name the port that was its intended destination?
• Arkhangelsk (Archangel)

7a In 2006 the club show game was “Day trip to the Malvinas”, based on the Falklands War. Which ship served as the flagship of the Royal Navy Task Group 317.8 sent to liberate the islands?
• H.M.S. Hermes

7b Name the commander of the Task Group at sea?
• Rear-Admiral John Forster “Sandy” Woodward

8a Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was known as “Pontius Pilate’s bodyguard”?
• The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) / the Royal Regiment of Foot

8b Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the King’s Royal Hussars, was known as “The Cherry Pickers”?
• 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own)

9a The Victoria Cross is the highest award for valour in the British armed forces. In which decade of the 19th century was it instituted?
• 1850’s (warrant issued 29 January 1856, backdated to 1854)

9b If you were awarded the Victoria Cross as a result of service in the Royal Navy in the 19th century, what colour ribbon would you wear?
• Dark Blue. It was Red (Crimson) for Army recipients only until the end of WW1.

10a In 1859 there was a confrontation known as the “Pig War” between the United States and which country?
• United Kingdom

10b Where did this confrontation take place?
• The San Juan islands between Vancouver Island and the American mainland.
• The only casualty of this confrontation was the pig!

11a Which WW2 British division used this field sign?

• 11th Armoured Division

11b Can you name this tank, used by this division later in the war?

• Comet

12a In the British Army, which rank wears this insignia?

• Colonel

12b In the Royal Navy, what is the precise rank indicated by this insignia?

• Surgeon Commander (Three yellow bands = Commander, Red stripes = medical branch)

Society Quiz 02-09-2020

Are we sitting comfortably ? Andy takes the quizmaster’s chair again this week. Answers in a future post.

1a In Norse mythology Odin has two ravens which fly the earth seeking information for him. What are their names (Norse or English versions accepted)?
1b Odin is also accompanied by two wolves, can you name them?

2a In naval terms, what is “The Perisher”?
2b If you fail the Perisher, you get something and there is something you can never do again. One point if you can name either of them?

3a What is the designation of this unusual WW2 Aircraft?

3b What is the name or designation of this aircraft, it’s more successful competitor?

4a In the classic TV series Porridge, Ronnie Barker played the habitual criminal, Norman Stanley Fletcher. But what does a Fletcher traditionally make?
4b In the series Open All Hours, he played the corner shop keeper, Albert Arkwright. But what does an Arkwright traditionally make?

5a Hammer’s Slammers games are fairly popular at the Club, what is the name of the author of the original short stories on which the game is based?
5b What is the nickname given to the Slammer’s Military Police unit?

6a In WW2, what was PQ17?
6b Can you name the port that was its intended destination?

7a In 2006 the club show game was “Day trip to the Malvinas”, based on the Falklands War. Which ship served as the flagship of the Royal Navy Task Group 317.8 sent to liberate the islands?
7b Name the commander of the Task Group at sea?

8a Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, was known as “Pontius Pilate’s bodyguard”?
8b Which regiment of the British Army, now part of the King’s Royal Hussars, was known as “The Cherry Pickers”?

9a The Victoria Cross is the highest award for valour in the British armed forces. In which decade of the 19th century was it instituted?
9b If you were awarded the Victoria Cross as a result of service in the Royal Navy in the 19th century, what colour ribbon would you wear?

10a In 1859 there was a confrontation known as the “Pig War” between the United States and which country?
10b Where did this confrontation take place?

11a Which WW2 British division used this field sign?

11b Can you name this tank, used by this division later in the war?

12a In the British Army, which rank wears this insignia?

12b In the Royal Navy, what is the precise rank indicated by this insignia?

Society Quiz 22-07-2020

Marcus presents the questions (and answers) to his rather fearsome quiz.

Q1A What is widely regarded as the first battle in recorded history and/or cited as “the beginning of modern history” (“A History of Israel” Theodore H Robinson 1945)? Megiddo
Q1B What year did Megiddo take place (within 50 years)? 1479 BC

Q2A What famous actor played King Osric in “Conan the Barbarian” (1982)? And also featured not only in the Star War saga, but also at least two other well-known science fiction films? Max Von Sydow; Star Wars:The Force Awakens, (Lor San Tekka, 2015) Flash Gordon (Ming, 1980) and Judge Dread (Chief Justice Fargo, 1995)

Q2B Which other Robert E Howard character received a film adaptation released in 1997, in a script originally intended for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s third outing as “Conan the Conqueror”? Kull of Atlantis in “Kull the Conqueror”

Q3A After which battle of 297 BC was it reputedly said (Plutarch) “One other such victory would literally undo him” or “One more such victory and we are undone”? Asculum
Q3B To who is this quote attributed? Pyrrhus of Epirus

Q4A The naval battle of Actium allowed who to consolidate power over Rome and her dominions? Octavian
Q4B In which year was Actium fought? (within 10 years) 31 BC

Q5A Which major battle of the Great North war was fought in 1709? Poltava
Q5B Can you name either commander? Charles XII of Sweden/Tsar Peter 1st (The Great) of Russia.

Q6A What major innovation in ship design was launched in 1905 (which ship)? Dreadnought
Q6B What nationality was the naval architect credited with the concept? Italian (Vittori Cunniberti)

Q7A What chain of islands were the scene of major air, sea and land battles in 1942-3, including Guadalcanal? Solomon Islands
Q7B New Georgia Sound, pictured on the map below is bounded by Choiseul, Santa Isabel and Florida islands to the north and New Georgia and Russel island to the south. How was this stretch of water colloquially referred? “The Slot”

Q8A WW2 oddities. Can you name this aircraft? Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (“Arrow”)

Q8B Can you name this early version of a drone? Goliath

Q9 The Korean War’s most iconic fighters, the MiG 15 and F86 Sabre were both based on German design from WW2. For one point each, can you give the name of the design company who created the design on which each aircraft was based? F86 – Messerschmidt. MiG 15 Focke-Wulf or Tank

Q10A The first nuclear powered surface warship was also the first to shoot down an aircraft with a SAM. Can you name the ship? USS Long Beach (CGN-9)
Q10B The USS Nautilus (SSN 571) was the first submarine to make a submerged transit of the North Pole in 1958. In 1964 the nuclear powered cruiser Bainbridge (CGN-25) and the Carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) accomplished a similar feat. What was it? Operation Sea Orbit. The task group sailed around the work without refuelling.

Q11A Can you name this missile? Colonel Robin Olds was so disgusted with its performance in Vietnam that he ordered his whole wing of F4D’s rewired to revert to Sidewinder missiles as an unauthorised field modification, which was later made official. AIM4 Falcon

Q11B A development of the missile, known as the AIM 26 had a notable feature not shared with any other guided air to air missile (at least as far as I can determine). What was that feature? A nuclear warhead.

Q12A Who wrote the 1959 book “Starship Troopers”? Robert Heinlein
Q12B What “anti-war” science fiction book published in 1974 was described as a reaction to the perceived sci-fi militarism on “Starship Troopers”? “The Forever war” by Joe Haldeman.

Quiz Answers, 24th June

Andy provides answers to his fiendish quiz (you’ll have to refer to the original post for any pictures).

1a – In 1967 the US formed the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam. This combined US Navy vessels with an Infantry brigade. Who provided the Infantry, US Army or US Marines
US Army
1b – Name the Division that provided the Infantry
9th Infantry Division
2a – In 1838 Lieutenant Henry Bennett of the 45th Foot was the first British officer to die in the service of Queen Victoria; in which country was he killed?
England, at Bossenden Wood in Kent on 31st May (there’s a plaque commemorating him in Canterbury Cathedral).
2b – The practice of purchase of commissions in the British Army was finally abolished as part of whose reforms in 1871?
Cardwell
3a – What is the name or designation of this AFV?
M551 Sheridan
3b – What is the name or designation of this AFV?
M50 Ontos
4a – In AD69 a revolt broke out in the Roman province of Germania Inferior. What was the name of the tribe leading the revolt?
Batavii (or Batavian Revolt)
4b – Name either the leader of the tribe, or the Roman general who defeated them.
Revolt lead by: Gaius Julius Civilis
Roman general: Quintus Petillius Cerialis
5a – Name the German contingent of the Napoleonic Wars to which these troops belong
Brunswick(-Wolfenbüttel)
5b – Name their commander, killed at Quatre Bras
Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (Painting by Johann Christian August Schwartz)
6a – Which battle, on 16 April 1746 effectively ended the Jacobite Rebellion
Culloden
6b – Name the commander of the government forces at the battle
William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
7a – During the Battle of Britain, which RAF Group was primarily responsible for the defence of London and South East England.
11 Group
7b – Name the commander of the group
Air Vice Marshal Keith Park
8a – To which Guards regiment do these soldiers belong?
Welsh Guards
8b – In what year was the regiment formed.
1915 (26th February)
9a – In the Lord of the Rings, what is described in a poem that begins:
“Grey as a mouse, Big as a house,
Nose like a snake, I make the earth shake”
I want the name as used in the book / film
Oliphaunt or Mûmakil
9b – One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.
How many rings were made for the One Ring to rule?
Nineteen.
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die
10a – In the first English Civil War (1642–1646) Parliament fielded only one full regiment of Cuirassier, can you name the unit
Sir Arthur Hesilrigge’s, Ironsides or the London Lobsters
10b – This regiment served in the campaigns in the South West in 1643, can you name either the Royalist or Parliamentarian commanders in this theatre
Sir (later Baron) Ralph Hopton (Royalist)
Sir William Waller (Parliament)
11a – Which WW2 British unit used this field sign
7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats)
11b – Once re-equipped for the Normandy campaign, what was the principle tank used by this unit.?
Cromwell
12a – The classic film “The African Queen” and the 1995/96 MWS Show game (resurrected in 2012) was based on the minor naval actions on which African lake?
Lake Tanganyika
12b – What was the name of the commander of the British forces on the lake?
Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Basil Spicer-Simson